Papa God’s Talk

Feeling a canopy of darkness hovering over the room, Marilyn prayed to God to protect her from any spirits connected to the fetishes: “Please, Lord Jesus, you are more powerful than these fetishes. You can command the spirits they serve. Please protect me.”

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Berki’s Choice

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Since he was 19, this committed Christian has struggled to keep his life clean in God’s eyes. Based on what he knows in God’s Word, Berki has consistently refused to participate in a Hamer people’s cultural rite of passage into manhood: bull jumping. In this ceremony, the village gathers. Bare-backed women chant and blow horns in hopes of provoking the boys to whip them with birch sticks. The permanent scars become a symbol of their devotion — even though some women have died from the beatings.

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The Canela Creation Story

After my wife Jo and I accepted the Canelas’ invitation 50 years ago to come and live with them in their jungle village in Brazil, we never heard a Canela pray. Why should they? Their Creator had abandoned them.

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‘I want to make Jesus my King’

For many elderly people in minority language groups around the world, God’s Word is only now coming to them in a language they can understand. They are learning about faith in Christ in their sunset years.

A good example is an African man in his 80s named Taapro, living on the Ndop Plain of Cameroon. He was known as a liar and a thief, and he feared traditional spirits.

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‘Why have you come?’

No matter how long you have been a believer, the Bible is essential for teaching us more about the Lord and the way He wants us to live. God’s goal is to move us from simply being converts to being growing disciples. We are to be students, ever learning from the Word of our Teacher.…

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A Lamp Inside My Head

One of the tribesmen who helped translate the Scriptures for the Kalinga people in the northern Philippines was named Biano. As a Wycliffe linguist was preparing to return to Australia for a time, he expressed curiosity about why Biano never questioned the Scriptures.

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God’s Word Lights the Way

With a happy grin and sweat pouring down his face, Pey* was the first to arrive at the Scripture-checking meeting each morning. He left home before four a.m. and returned after nightfall, a grueling four-hour hike (with an elevation gain of more than 1,300 metres). For what? The delight of sitting on a hard wooden…

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